Stuff the Bus is back, with innovations

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Stuff the Bus is back, and with it some innovative ways to donate school supplies to local classrooms.

United Way of Franklin County is once again coordinating its annual school supply donation drive, Stuff the Bus.

This year UW is hosting both virtual and traditional drives throughAugust 7.

“This is the eighth year we’ve coordinated Stuff the Bus,” said UWFC’s Communication’s Director Amy Weibley. “It is more important now than ever given the impact of COVID-19. School this year may look very different, but the need for school supplies remains.”

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The need has grown because of the increased financial stress on many families, she said.

To accommodate donations during the pandemic, UW encourages participation virtually through its Target and Walmart registries.

There are limited in-person collection sites however for those preferring that option.


READ: United Way of Franklin County Activates Crisis Fund for COVID-19 relief


Stuff the Bus eases back to school burden

Stuff the Bus eases the burden for families, teachers, PTOs, and districts as the school year begins. Donations are especially important since many students begin every year without supplies they need.

United Way helps fill the gap by mobilizing businesses and residents to donate school supplies.

In addition to choosing how to donate items, community members have the option to direct their donations to the school district of their choice. They can specify Chambersburg, Fannett-Metal, Greencastle, Tuscarora, or Waynesboro School districts.

Donors can either deliver donations to one of the collection sites in the community they wish to donate, or indicate the district while checking out online.

How to donate

To donate virtually, people can shop for supplies using one of the following registries:

  • Target Registry: Go hereor visit target.com and search under “Registries” for “United Way of Franklin County.” To designate your donation to a specific school district, write the name of the district in the “Gift Message” while checking out through Target.
  • Walmart Registry: Go hereor visit walmart.com and search under “Registries” for “United Way of Franklin County.” To designate your donation to a specific school district, after ordering through Walmart send an email to[email protected]with your name and the name of the district.)

When checking out online, donors should select the option to ship the supplies directly to the United Way office, 182 S. 2ndSt., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Donations may also be dropped off at any of the following locations throughAugust 7.Please wear a mask when dropping off supplies.

Chambersburg:Patriot Federal Credit Union(800 Wayne, 1536 LWE, 140 S. Federal, and 488 Gateway)and Orrstown Bank(1355 Orchard, 625 Norland, and 1725 LWE)

Fannett-Metal:Orrstown Bank(16400 Path Valley)

Greencastle:Orrstown Bank(308 Carolle)

Mercersburg:Orrstown Bank(12 S. Main)

Waynesboro:Patriot Federal Credit Union(626 N. Grant & 10933 Buchanan Trail E.)

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